International Baccalaureate (IB)

Program Description

What is this program about?

The Ministry of Education describes the International Baccalaureate program on its web site as:

The International Baccalaureate or IB program is designed as an academically challenging program of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university.

IB offers two main programs:  the certificate program and the diploma program.  In order to obtain an IB certificate, the candidate only has to take one IB course and write an externally assessed exam at the end of the course in May.  The diploma program consists of several requirements:  6 prescribed courses, an essay of up to 4000 words, at least 50 hours in area of Creative, Action and Service requirements and a philosophy requirement by the name of Theory of Knowledge.

IB courses are divided into 6 main categories:  languages, social studies, experimental sciences, mathematics and visual or performing arts, and students must take one of each.  Courses may be taken at Higher Level (HL) or Standard level (SL).   IB courses are granted credit through the Ministry External Credential program and may be used towards district and provincial scholarships.

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What do students earn if they take this program?

In Canada, some courses are recognised as equivalent to university courses and student may receive first year credit for courses in the program. In addition, students will receive the BC Dogwood Diploma and an IB Diploma.



Benefits to Students

Why should students take this program?

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The IB program is a School District 73 program offered at NorKam Secondary   Learn more…

Rachel – One IB student’s perspective click here



Please contact Mr. Murray Williams, IB Coordinator for more information

Phone: 250 376- 1272

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Contact Mr. Williams 

NorKam Secondary 250-376-1272